Steinbrenner girls soccer coach Patterson stepping down

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Fri. April 22, 2011 | Eduardo A. Encina

Steinbrenner girls soccer coach Patterson stepping down

After coaching high school and college soccer for the past 16 years, Steinbrenner girls coach Teresa Patterson is stepping away from the sideline to start a family.

Patterson, who coached the Warriors to the school's first state team title this year when Steinbrenner won the Class 4A state crown, is 14 weeks pregnant and will step down as the team's coach, she said Thursday afternoon.

She will remain a teacher at the school, but said her coaching career is likely over.

"I consider myself retired from coaching," she said.

Patterson, 38, was a college coach for 10 years. At the age of 24, she became the head coach at Marshall, and at the time was the youngest Division I women's soccer coach. She also held assistant coaching positions at Alabama and UAB.

Patterson also coached at the high school lever at Dr. Phillips, Largo and Gaither.

The Warriors compiled a 38-4-4 record under Patterson, including a 21-2-2 record this season, which ended with a 2-1 overtime victory over defending state champ Merritt Island.

-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA (eencina@sptimes.com; Twitter: @EddieHometeam

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